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Colombia Extends High Duties on Apparel and Footwear

24 Nov 2017

The Colombian government has extended for a period of two years its current duty regime for imports of apparel, footwear and textile made-ups....Read More


EU Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duties on a Number of Shoe Exporters

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, the EU re-imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on shoe imports from Vietnam and mainland China for four company groups, for the period 2006-2011. These duties had been annulled b...Read More


Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Add Footwear to GSP Programme

10 Nov 2017

Sens. Maria Cantwell (Democrat-Washington) and Pat Roberts (Republican-Kansas) on 30 October introduced legislation (S. 2032) to make certain footwear eligible for duty-free treatment under the Genera...Read More


European Consumer Organisation Calls for Ambitious EU Rules to Prevent Toxic Chemicals Entering the Circular Economy

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may be interested to learn that, on 7 August 2017, the Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (“BEUC”), a leading EU consumer group, issued its response to a European Commission...Read More


RFID-Tagging Set to be Compulsory for Russian Footwear from 2018

16 Aug 2017

Mandatory tagging designed to counter widespread illicit import and smuggling in country's shoe sector....Read More


U.S. Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Travel Goods from All GSP Beneficiaries

21 July 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on 29 June adding a range of travel goods (including luggage, backpacks, handbags and pocket goods such as wallets) from all Generalised System of Pre...Read More


Footwear Saga: German Shoe Retailer Claims Illegal Recalculation of Duties

2 June 2017

In continuance of the longwinded footwear saga, on 11 May 2017 German retailer Deichmann argued before the EU’s highest court that EU investigators illegally recalculated anti-dumping duties on Chines...Read More


German Court Confirms Illegality of Shoemaker’s Prohibition on Dealers’ Use of Price Comparison Engines

5 May 2017

According to a press statement of the German Federal Competition Office (FCO), on 5 April 2017 the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf upheld the previous finding of the FCO that, by prohibiting deale...Read More


U.S. Travel Goods Sector Still Pushing for Expanded Duty-Free Treatment under GSP

31 March 2017

A group of 18 industry associations that includes, among others, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, the National Retail Federation, the Toy Industry Association and the U.S. Fashion Indust...Read More


Argentina Further Amends Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

17 Feb 2017

The Argentinean government has amended through Resolution 70/2017 the recently revamped sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, appa...Read More


EU Hails OECD Support While Promoting Sustainable Trade in Shoes and Clothes

10 Feb 2017

On 6 December 2016, the EU and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) co-hosted a meeting in Phnom Penh addressing sustainability and the protection of human rights in the ga...Read More


EU Importers Advance Attack on EU’s Re-imposition of Footwear Measures

13 Jan 2017

The never-ending dispute regarding the anti-dumping duties imposed on certain footwear originating in mainland China and Vietnam, already going on for more than a decade, remains unresolved. Between O...Read More


Colombia Replaces Compound Tariff System for Apparel and Footwear with High Ad Valorem Rates

2 Dec 2016

The Colombian government has replaced the compound tariff system on apparel, footwear and textile made-ups that was successfully challenged by Panama at the WTO with ad valorem rates of (i) 40 percent...Read More


The Footwear Saga Continues: EU Importers Challenge Recent Regulations Due to the EU’s Refusal to Repay Anti-dumping Duties

28 Oct 2016

EU importers have launched new legal challenges to the European Commission’s latest Regulations imposing anti-dumping duties on certain footwear originating in mainland China and Vietnam. They represe...Read More


EU Extends Ecolabel for Furniture, Footwear and Computers

30 Sept 2016

On 4 August 2016, Commission Decision 2016/1332 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, extending the application of the Ecolabel to furniture including wooden furniture. On 9 August and 12 August...Read More


USTR to Reconsider Duty-Free Treatment for Travel Goods from All GSP Beneficiaries

9 Sept 2016

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has initiated its annual review of the products and countries eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalised System of Preferences and is accepting ...Read More


European Commission Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duty on Shoes Originating in Mainland China

2 Sept 2016

On 18 August 2016, the European Commission adopted Implementing Regulation 2016/1395 (the Implementing Regulation), which re-imposes a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain footwear with ...Read More


U.S. Reduces or Eliminates Tariffs on 201 IT Products, Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Travel Goods from Certain GSP Beneficiaries

15 July 2016

The United States on 1 July implemented the immediate or staged elimination of tariffs on a broad range of information and communications technology products, as required by the expanded Information T...Read More


Congress Greenlights Provision on U.S.-Made Military Footwear

30 June 2016

The Senate recently passed a national defence appropriations bill (S. 2943) with a provision that would require the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to provide U.S.-made athletic footwear direct...Read More


TPP Expected to Have Modest Positive Impact on U.S. Economy; Could Displace Some Imports from Mainland China

3 June 2016

The U.S. International Trade Commission issued on 18 May its much-anticipated report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy as a whole as well as on specific industr...Read More

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